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    I have seen several suggestions on the board lately so I have one. What about a few screenshots of the different apps being developed so that perhaps we can see how someone else may handle things from a menu, report, or for design stand point?

    Only a few form some of the developers selected apps.

    It would be interesting to see the various design ideas.


    RE: Screenshots

    Yes - Great Idea!



      RE: Screenshots


      I'm gonna break the ice with the first of your suggestions. No cracks about how 'hokey' it is please. This is my own personal app I use in my bodyshop business each day. I converted from A4 so it must look A4-ish. Eh?



        RE: Screenshots

        Now, Let's see one of yours.



          RE: Screenshots

          Doesn't look "Hokey" to me. Looks Good!

          TYVM :) kenn

          Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


            RE: Screenshots

            Thanks Kenn

            Funny thing...... Besides both being members of the human race, we both share something else other than a first name.

            For the LONGEST time in my youth I too, signed everything as KENN rather than the conventional 'Ken'.

            RE: Screen shots -- I showed you mine... can I see yours, you two?

            Thanks again


              RE: Screenshots

              You might check out my site at, then go to the Database showcase.

              Gotta get 'round to updating that site one of these days...

              - Steve


                RE: Screenshots

                Here is a simple one and talk about "Hokey"


                  RE: Screenshots

                  Here's my application with the forms open that we use on a daily basis. There is no 'menu' form, other than what is called 'Options'.


                    RE: Screenshots

                    I have some of my work at, check out the website most of it is outdated but your get the idea. Don't forget about the freebee's page.



                      RE: Screenshots

                      I'll add my 2 cents.

                      This is our main menu after passing through a "Security" sign in screen.


                        RE: Screenshots

                        very impressive and very professional form layouts. good job!
                        AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                        [email protected]


                          RE: Screenshots

                          Still in development - this is a BUSY screen for me - I would like to simplify it...


                            RE: Screenshots

                            I was quite interested in seeing some of the form layouts used. Has everyone decided not to share?

                            Tom Lyon


                              RE: Screenshots

                              Hello, everybodies,

                              Here is a JPEG of the opening form for Scrubber!, a data cleaning application. There is also a custom menu displayed at the top, from which most operations are launched.

                              Best regards,

                              Geoff Hollnader.